This forum seems to have a lot of activity and I figure there has to be tons of really good skiers knowledgeable on all the new trends with skis, styles, experience, etc. I am a snowboarder so I know a lot about that, but very little to do with skis.
My father is 63 years old. 5'11" 195lbs. He is very active and in great shape (hikes 4+ days a week and plays racquetball most of those days as well in leagues). He has been skiing since a little kid. He worked at Mammoth Mountain in his 20's. Back in the day he used to have 205cm skis, then 195cm, etc. all manufacturers. In 2004 or 2005 I think it was, we were in Whistler-Blackcomb and he demoed a bunch of skis and he really liked the Salomon Scream Hot and ended up getting them in 185cm. He said they are great skis, but they do feel a little unstable in the flats when he may not be on the edge. He said it isn't anything that makes him necessarily wipe out or want to get rid of them. He said they hold an edge great and unlike some older skis he has, he said the tails whip around well and just an all around good feeling. However, that was many years ago and he would like to try to stay current and try out some new ones. We went to Mammoth last year and the demo skis all looked like crap and the guy running the demo shop that day didnt seem to know anything, so we passed.
He has been pretty concerned about the trend for shorter skis, but he knows that he is just a consumer and if the mfgrs and the pros are doing it, there must be a reason. He also knows that sometimes trends are where the tips are wider, tails are twin-tip, turned up, etc. He wants to stay current :)
These are the skis he got in 2005 that were 2004 skis (i got them in the summer for him for way cheaper after he demo'd them)
Here is a video of him skiing in 2004 before he got the new skis. I think I had a really crappy camera then. He skis the same as then, just maybe a little more reserved and with less stamina. But his feet are very close together as you can see.
So he has no budget, he is older, retired with money to spend. What recommendation would anyone have for him? Thank you so much!!